Wednesday, May 31, 2023

CEREC Primescan Evaluation is in Full Swing

CEREC continues to evolve.  Most of us expect to see an intraoral scanner (acquisition unit) on a stand and being wheeled about the clinic throughout the workday.  However, the smart people at Dentsply-Sirona have decided to give offices a choice when it comes to portability.  The new CEREC Primescan Connect does away with the "cart based"footprint and instead becomes the imaging device (camera) connected to a laptop.

This *greatly* increases mobility and portability.  If a office chooses, they can have a laptop in each treatment area and then simply bring in the camera and connect to the laptop when needed.

As regular readers know, I am constantly tinkering with new devices here in the clinic.  However, sometimes they become much bigger "deep dives" that are run through Dental Products Report.  We call these Test Drives and I am currently engaged in a Test Drive of the CEREC Primescan Connect.

While we are no nearly done yet with our Test Drive, I thought I'd give you folks a sneak peek at how things are going as well as some initial thoughts.  The acquisition by the camera is incredibly smooth... with the images appearing on the screen with an appearance of water pouring over stones in a stream.  The camera is also well balanced and easy to hold. You   The software is also really responsive with the unit able to locate itself in the mouth at all times. 

What I mean by that last sentence is that no matter where in the mouth you place the camera, it orients itself on the arch almost instantaneously.  I've worked with other systems in the past that had a hard time "knowing" where they were in the mouth.  Not an issue with this unit.  The moment the camera shows a tooth, the software knows what tooth it is.  It is *really* impressive.  We are getting ready to design and mill some restorations utilizing exocad and the DGShape DWX-42W mill as further exploration in the Test Drive.  At this point, I'm optimistic about what the results will be, but trust when I say I will be objective and honest about the results we achieve.  I will be posting more as the process progresses.

In the meantime, I was working on putting together some info on the device *before* I was approached to do the Test Drive.  I figured that I'd share that with you here, rather than let it sit unused...

A recent study evaluated the accuracy of the CEREC Primescan compared to traditional impressions. The study found that the CEREC Primescan was able to accurately capture the shape and position of the teeth, with an average error of less than 0.5 millimeters. The study also found that the CEREC Primescan was able to produce restorations that were as accurate as those made from traditional impressions.

The CEREC Primescan has a number of advantages over traditional impressions. First, it is more efficient. The entire process of creating a restoration can be completed in a single visit, which saves the patient time and money. Second, the CEREC Primescan is more accurate. The 3D model created by the scanner is more accurate than a traditional impression, which can lead to better-fitting restorations. Third, the CEREC Primescan is more comfortable for the patient. There is no need to take impressions with a tray, which can be uncomfortable for some patients, for a variety of reasons.

Overall, the CEREC Primescan is a valuable tool for use in dentistry. It is more efficient, accurate, and comfortable than traditional impressions, and it can help dentists to provide their patients with the best possible care.

Here are some additional benefits of using the CEREC Primescan:

Reduced chair time for patients

Increased productivity for dentists

Improved accuracy of restorations

Increased patient comfort

Reduced risk of restoration remakes

Improved patient satisfaction

If you are a dentist, I encourage you to learn more about the CEREC Primescan. It is a powerful tool that can help you to provide your patients with the best possible care and give them the best possible outcomes.

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